Four years ago, Marvel announced they had the rights to the classic MarvelMan (a.k.a. MiracleMan, after a Marvel-ous lawsuit forced the publisher Eclipse to change the name) comics, but not Alan Moore and Neil Gaiman's dark and epic '80s relaunch of the superhero. That changed this weekend.
At this year's New York Comic-Con, Joe Quesada announced they'd be republishing Neil Gaiman's short-lived run on MiracleMan — which ran from issue #17, after Alan Moore left, to issue #24, when Eclipse Comics folded folded — and that Gaiman would be continuing his story, along with original artist Marc Buckingham (of Fables fame), beginning this January. Here's some more details from Marvel:
The wait is over," says Editor In Chief Axel Alonso. "Marvel will finally be bringing these timeless, ground-breaking stories to a whole new generation of reader."
“We've been working with the Miracleman artists to obtain original artwork or photostats in every instance possible, and then applying the same painstaking restoration methods and rigorous quality standards that are utilized on the Marvel Masterworks line. The Marvel Special Projects team have even been developing some new techniques specifically for this project. These Miracleman issues will receive the most advanced restoration possible to ensure the most authentic reading experience,” says SVP of Marvel Publishing David Gabriel. “The art is crisp, clear, and looks as good – if not better than the day it was published! Also, the stories are being completely relettered to meet today’s standards.”
Making these stories available to an entirely new generation is one thing, but following the original groundbreaking run, the epic more than 30 years in the making will reach it’s cataclysmic conclusion! You heard correctly - Marvel will also be publishing all-new Miracleman stories from legendary creators Neil Gaiman and Mark Buckingham! Long left unfinished, Gaiman and Buckingham’s famous storyline will ultimately see the light of day!
“I love the idea that I will get to finish this story,” added Gaiman.“The tragedy of Miracleman was that we published two issues, wrote three and a half – and then it all stopped,” Gaiman said, in an interview with Marvel.com. “And Miracleman #25 has been sitting in the darkness – nobody has seen it. It was drawn, it was written, it was lettered over 20 years ago.”
"That Neil and Bucky can finally finish the story they started, is a great relief to still-gasping fans — myself among them," says Alonso.
Re-presented in serialized form, each issue of MIRACLEMAN features additional content including new art, interviews with the creators as well as new covers from some of the industry’s most legendary artists! Look for MIRACLEMAN #1 in print and digital this January!
Hilariously, Marvel's announcement of this amazing news manages to mention Alan Moore, who was the one to initially revive MarvelMan/MiracleMan, exactly zero times. Fun!